Leonard Martinez

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Leonard Martinez, a native of San Antonio, moved to Austin in 1978 and attended the University of Texas Law School, graduating in 1981. Board certified in criminal law, Leonard has been licensed since 1981, practicing exclusively criminal law.

Stories from Leonard Martinez

And the Truth Will Set You Free
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

The question remains whether there will be changes, and if so, will they be more than window dressing. But before I continue with this article, I want to tell you about a case Leonard Martinez handled in Williamson County. This case happened several years ago while Michael Morton’s lawyers were fighting to get the discovery that would ultimately free him.

Taint: A Question of Reliability, Not Credibility or Competence
Friday, December 28th, 2012

Isn’t it interesting how the courts recognize taint in so many different contexts?1 We have an illegal search by the police and everything found during the illegal search becomes “fruit of the poisonous tree”—it is said to be tainted.

Who and What Are We? Lawyers or Salespeople?
Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Over the years, I have been cognizant of members of the bar who, while having the piece of plastic in their pocket that says they are members of the State Bar, were not living up to the high ideals of the profession. This gave me a sense of unease, but I could not put my finger on the problem.

Do You Know What You Don’t Know?
Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Have you ever defended any of the following types of cases?

- Injury to a child?
- Injury to a child resulting in death?
- Aggravated sexual assault of a child?

As a general rule, these cases are guaranteed to get your client a very long sentence if he is convicted—what some lawyers call the “slow death penalty.”